BD Army UN peacekeepers harbinger of peace in DRC
Bangladesh Army peacekeepers of UN Peacekeeping Force in Bunia remains fully committed to serve peace and control armed groups in the area by contributing men - and increasingly women troops.
Brig Gen Chowdhury Mohammad Azizul Haque Hazary, Sector Commander Northern Sector of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Bunia, told the Daily Observer that Bangladesh Army peacekeepers at Bunia are fully committed to follow the MONUSCO mandate.
Brig Gen Azizul has a distinguished UN career in the hostile environment of the UN BANRDB at Bunia.
Highlighting Bangladesh's commitment to foster women peacekeepers and increase the number who serves by 2020 and beyond, Cecilia Piazza Head of Bureau Bunia said, "We are satisfied with the work of BANRDB and consider it a privilege to work with BANRDB at Bunia."
Brig Gen Azizul said 22 Bangladeshi women peacekeepers are currently serving with more than 850 male troops of Bangladesh Army at Bunia.
A total of 1,360 peacekeepers were deployed at DRC under UN peacekeeping mission. Around 850 peacekeeping troops of Bangladesh army are controlling at least 64,000 square kilometre area. Bangladesh army BANRDB is fully equipped to deploy troops and control peace here. The modern "multi-dimensional" peacekeeping missions focus on civilian protection.
"BANRDB is working hard here, their situational awareness is much better and naturally our performance will also be better than all other peacekeepers from other countries, he added.
He said that Bangladesh was committed to having female engagement platoon in every mission where they contribute troops. "The Bangladesh government is always more than willing to make sure that the contingents deployed are properly trained, properly equipped so they are fit for the purpose - fit for the mission."
He further said some 14 Bangladeshi peacekeepers were killed in Bunia since 2003. At least 9 army personnel were killed in an ambush by armed groups in Bunia on February 25 in 2005. Bangladesh was proud of the fact that it is consistently among one of the troop-contributing countries in UN mission.
"Bangladeshi people are aware of what kind of contributions is being made each day, ensuring peace and stability in the global perspective and I think they are very proud of us." the Sector Commander added.
Lt Col Abdullah Ibn Zaid, Director ISPR, told this correspondent that BANRDB achieved 94.08 marked on operational effectiveness conducted by force HQ which is a record percentage in the history of MONUSCO. Col Imtaj, Contingent Commander of BANRDB, said Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Bunia are protecting the civilian from armed groups and facilitating the peace talk to disarm them.